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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Grateful Hat-tip to classical studies

Some things are worth repeating :)  A post from early January...

I’ve been watching the TV series FRINGE, and I’m already in the final series (Season 5)….but before I got to it, I’ve hung with the four other seasons.  In Season Four, Leonard Nimoy makes his appearance (again), and in one scene he is reciting this:

"I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there,
a hive for the honey-bee;
And live alone in the bee-loud glade." 
(Lake Isle of Innisfree, W.B. Yeats)

It reminded me of how my children have memorized that poem through the years ….a favorite here in our home education, and even with my father (God rest his soul). Classical poetry memorization is part of our classical studies.

It reminds me of how grateful I am for classical education; education that is true and stands the tests of time.  It is not trendy or progressive.  It does not change with each passing decade. It does not spoon feed information for the time being, but forms the mind to receive and retain, and enables it to learn to learn.

In this day and age, when people make no sense…when arguments are not valid or sound, when consequences are not thought out….I am very grateful to be forming my children’s minds, hearts and souls to be receptive to the Truth.

If you would like to read more about something mind bending and forming….just follow this link to: An Apology for Math & Latin


Katherine said...

Yes! All of this!

We watched all of Fringe (it was so addicting!)...

and the classical poetry is spot on. I don't know how "classic" Robert Frost is, but I can still recite "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening", having learned it in first grade. I really hope I succeed at passing on the classics to our boys. :)

Home School Mom: Denise said...

That's great Katherine :) My father could recite poems he memorized in his youth well into his 60s (he passed away just before his 71st birthday) and it was so enjoyable to hear him recite them. There is such beauty in classic poetry, and etching that beauty into one's mind is a worthy pursuit. You are home schooling?